TJ Warren (39) gives another warning to LeBron and his Lakers

The forward ended an Los Angeles franchise that adds his fourth loss in the Orlando bubble. James reached 31 points. Mal Davis: only 8 points.


New loss for Los Angeles Lakers in the Orlando bubble. The Los Angeles franchise fell to the Indiana Pacers this morning (116-111) and added its fourth defeat (third in a row) in the six games it has played since the NBA season restarted on July 30. Bad balance. Bad back to school. A new warning to sailors ... although, in principle, it is not very worrying: the first place in the Western Conference is assured. Regular season duties are done. Frank Vogel's team only looks to the playoffs, the first for the Angelenos in six years, the worst streak ever in the franchise.The Lakers succumbed against some Pacers with tickets for the final rounds, but in the heat of battle with the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers for the fourth place in the East and with no margin of error: they are tied with the Florida ones and only half a duel above the Sixers. A scenario that Nate McMillan's pupils have understood perfectly. They have lost only one of the five games they have played in Florida and are the only team in the Eastern Conference with four wins. Nothing bad. And all this, on the back of a North Carolina giant: TJ Warren.

The forward, in his first year at Indiana after five at the Phoenix Suns, has no brakes. Average in the bubble 34.8 points after the 39 that he endorsed the Lakers with a fantastic shot card (15 of 22, 5 of 8 from the triple). The crash started strong (18 points in the first quarter) and ended it the same: 12 with a 5 of 6 in the launch. His were the last 7 goals that closed the duel. From 107-108 to 114-108 the entire Indiana entry was named after him. Neither LeBron nor Davis could close that zen moment in defense. His pulse did not tremble. "I feel like I'm on offensive and defensive rhythm," Warren said as he closed his ninth game this season above 30 points, the fourth since the course was restarted. Oladipo, for his part, played a great squire with 22 goals.

TJ Warren's Triple Final

His overwhelming voracity against the laker rim left the 31 points of LeBron James to nothing, who returned to the courts after missing the duel against Houston due to injury (groin). It is the first time this season that the Angelenos have fallen with the King above 30 points. Anthony Davis did not comply. The power forward stayed in just one scoring digit (8), the fourth time this season, with an ugly 3 of 14 on the pitch (0 of 4 of three). "The shot just didn't go in," he said at the close of the match. Bad day waiting for the playoffs.

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